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New Year but the same you

Here we are in 2022. After the challenges of the last few years, many of us are understandably feeling a little tired and fed up. And if you weren’t already rolling your eyes at the whole ‘New Year, New You’ marketing gaff before, then you probably are by now.

The thing is that you don’t need a new version of yourself, you are perfect exactly as you are (even if you don’t feel like it sometimes). So this New Year I wanted to offer you up a New Year’s reset routine based on embracing who you are right now in this moment.

When we add in the extra challenge of IVF into our already stressful lives, it can be tricky to find the time and mental space to take a breath and appreciate our amazing selves so this is your reminder to do exactly that.

  1. Find some space. If you are surrounded by people, things and noise, you are already going to struggle so it’s time to make some space just for you. There are many things that create this ‘noise’ in our lives and we are exposed to a lot of them unconsciously; for example, social media. Carve out some alone time that involves silence and no distractions.
  2. Take a moment to breathe. Depending on whether you enjoy meditation or not, this step can include whatever helps you to take a pause and start to feel centered in yourself. It might be simply sitting comfortably and taking 5 conscious, slow breaths or it may be immersing yourself in a longer meditation practice.
  3. Reflection. Whilst the New Year is just another day on the calendar, it can be useful to have these signposts along the way where we reflect on our journey. I think the beginning of the year is one of the perfect times to do that. You can use a journal or a nice piece of paper or even just the notes in your phone. The important thing here is that you take some time to look back on the year that has been, especially what has served you well and what didn’t work well for you.
  4. Looking forward. Of course, looking back isn’t the only direction you need to focus on. We also want to look into the future and envision that journey too. When you reflect on the things that served you well, think about how you can have more of that in your life. The things that didn’t serve you are also helpful and it can be useful to think about what you need to leave behind and also what you need to tweak.
  5. Gratitude. I know, it’s a buzz word but that is partly because it is a really helpful practice. For all the things that were part of your life in 2021, I want you to say thank you even if that is ‘thank you for teaching me what I don’t want’. For the things that didn’t work well for you say thank you, then you can let those things go with gratitude. For the things you have decided you want to invite more of, then your thank you will include the intention of receiving more.
  6. Bring it all together. Now you have put some thought into these areas of your life, it is time to create a vision for the year ahead. Again, you need to find the best medium for you. Is it a vision board, is it a goal plan or a to-do list? How can you bring to life all the things you want to embrace in 2022?

Every year we have the opportunity to take a pause and change direction, but remember that even if the last year was filled with things you don’t want to go through again, you as a person are still amazing, you are still growing and changing everyday, you are making the best choices, and moving along your journey even if it seems slow at the time.

Happy New Year and may it bring you everything you desire.